Abuelita’s Donas

Digging through old vinyl at my folks’ place I stumbled across a little pile of 7″ 45s from six long-forgotten Puerto Rican musicians. The island record labels include: Irene Records, B.M.C., Suaritos, Continental Records, J.M.C. and Jenny. I have no idea how rare any of these are, so if you have any background on these records or the artists themselves, please leave a note in the comments! Download these dozen doughnuts

“Esta Sellado” (It Is Sealed) – El San Lorenzeño Alex Peña

“Es Envidia” (It Is Envy) – El San Lorenzeño Alex Peña

“La Polilla” (The Moth) – Anardy Lopez y Su Conjunto

“Donde Vives” (Where Do You Live?) – Anardy Lopez y Su Conjunto

“Los Ojos de Mi Suegra” (The Eyes of My Mother-in-Law) – Monchito Motta

“Casate Conmigo” (Marry Me) – Monchito Motta

“No Me Digas Que No” (Don’t Tell Me No) – Las Tres Voces

“Borinqueñita (Little Puerto Rican Girl)” – Las Tres Voces

“Vano Empeño” (Vain Effort) – José Manuel Calderon

“Llanto a la Luna” (Crying to the Moon) – José Manuel Calderon

“Si Volviera” (If I Returned) – Johnny Garcia

“Pena, Penita, Pena” (Sorrow, Little Sorrow, Sorrow) – Johnny Garcia

Download: Snarled Lips

Tony Junior – Snarled Lips (Face Melt)

Track List:

  1. Jedi Mind Tricks – “Violence Begets Violence”
  2. Shafiq Husayn – “Go Nuts”
  3. Deathface – “The Horror VIP”
  4. Skream – “Ice Cream Jelly Roll” / “Nefariousa”
  5. 12th Planet, Skrillex & Kill The Noise – “Burst feat. GMCFOSHO”
  6. Distal – “Eel”
  7. AlexisK – “Playa Haters Club”
  8. AC Slater – “Calm Down”
  9. Dead Prez – “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop (WTF? UK Mix)”
  10. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci Remix feat. Giggs”
  11. Major Lazer – “Hold The Line (DJ Edit)”
  12. araabMUZIK – “Rubber Band Stacks”
  13. Dibiase – “Renegade Slap (Devonwho Collab)”
  14. Gangrene (The Alchemist & Oh No) – “Vodka & Ayahuasca”
  15. 50 Cent – “I Just Wanna feat. Tony Yayo”
  16. Dexter – “Saybe Mo, Naybe Mo”
  17. Battles – “Futura (The Alchemist Remix)”
  18. Big Freedia – “Booty-Whop”
  19. Chokr – “Getting The Flow”
  20. Stripper – “Stuka feat. Sirreal”
  21. Far Too Loud – “Wake Up L.A.”
  22. Computer Juice – “Compute Juice”
  23. Tai – “Paradise Poltergeist feat. Steve Aoki (LA Riots Remix)”

Kid Sister & the Pritzker Pavilion Police State

Lori and I were amped to see Kid Sister and Konono Nº1 perform tonight at Millennium Park. The heat and humidity had subsided, the show was free and it would be our first concert of the summer. We even packed a little picnic of veggies, chips, dip and root beers. But as I walked east up Randolph to meet Lori, I couldn’t help but notice a long line of unmarked squad cars all the way up the street. And there were cops on foot everywhere too; patrolling the entire northern perimeter of Millennium Park. As Lori and I started to walk up one of the Randolph Street entrances to the Pritzker Pavilion, we were accosted by a Parks & Rec officer who told us no one could enter the park unless they used the Michigan Avenue entrance. Seriously? I have to walk a block away to enter the park and walk another block to get back to the stage? Why? No answer.

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Dubstep Makes Everything Awesomer

A week ago, my best mate and I went to a 18+ all-building dubstep show at Metro/Smartbar. Hosted by Chicago’s Subfix massive, the relatively under-the-radar showcase featured Datsik, Eprom, Phaded, Jeekoos and several other wobble-monster DJs. My ears were still ringing when I woke up the next day.

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Marketing Music Like Jónsi

After hearing just one single from Go—the new album from Sigur Rós frontman, Jónsi—I had a sense he was aiming for a different kind of musical experience—and not just because he was adding more electronics and singing a bit in English:

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On Repeat: Left As Rain

My friend Travis just put me on to a new-ish music blog called Left As Rain. The Brooklyn-based repository offers an amazing (and growing) playlist curated by designers Chris Thomas and Alex Mejias. The minimal interface is really sharp and I especially love the logo Chris created using SwimmingPoülp‘s A La Nage typeface. Give ’em a listen and then fan ’em on Facebook!